The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes

by Lawrence Hill

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Lawrence Hill’s award-winning novel is a major television miniseries airing on BET Networks.

The Book of Negroes (based on the novel Someone Knows My Name) will be BET’s first miniseries. The star-studded production includes lead actress Aunjanue Ellis (Ray, The Help), Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men), Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr. (A Raisin in the Sun, Boardwalk Empire), and features Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue), Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules), and Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line). Director and co-writer Clement Virgo is a feature film and television director (The Wire) who also serves as producer with executive producer Damon D’Oliveira (What We Have).

In this “transporting” (Entertainment Weekly) and “heart-stopping” (Washington Post) work, Aminata Diallo, one of the strongest women characters in contemporary fiction, is kidnapped from Africa as a child and sold as a slave in South Carolina. Fleeing to Canada after the Revolutionary War, she escapes to attempt a new life in freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393351392
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/12/2015
Series: Movie Tie-in Editions Series
Edition description: Movie Tie-in Edition
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 124,452
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Hill is the author of several novels including Someone Knows My Name, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was nominated in the United States for the Huston Wright Legacy Award. In 2015 Hill was appointed to the Order of Canada “for his contributions as an author and activist who tells the stories of Canada’s black community and of women and girls in Africa.” A graduate of the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he lives in Ontario, Canada.

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The Book of Negroes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that the details are not gory. The subject and attitude towards slavery is a very ugly one. This book outlines the things I wanted to know and whee to look to get more details. I liked the movie, but the book gives so much more color. Excellent job to all who had a hand in perforating this story.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I’m ashamed to say that this amazing book has been sitting untouched on my shelf for a few years now! For some reason I just could not motivate myself to pick it up (and not because it was a massive tome or the language was inaccessible). But this summer it was one of the first books on my reading list and I can’t believe it took me so long to discover it. From the first page I was hooked on Aminata’s story. I could not put it down once I started to read this book. The tale Hill weaves about this amazing character is riveting. The reader travels from Africa to America to Canada back to Africa and finally to London, all through the eyes of Aminata. Hill’s ability to honestly portray the ongoing prejudice and abuse the main character faces is deeply touching. The attention to historic detail and the ways in which the author carefully crafts this story to be as true to history as possible are inspiring. But the real strength of this novel is the character development. The main character is instantly likeable and becomes a real person to the reader by the end of her story. By the time one puts the book down, one can’t help but feel sad to say goodbye to Aminata. This book is by far number one on my summer reading list. If you haven’t discovered it yet, be sure to check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago